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The Duke Next Door (Heiress Brides #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,088 ratings  ·  64 reviews
The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather's vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke…and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton. So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the alta ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2008)
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Simplistic but highly entertaining. I always like marriage of convenience plots so it was easy for me to like this one as well. The characters, especially Calder's, are not described in depth and some scenes, like when he fondled her publicly in the staircase, are over the top, but I liked the result nonetheless. Light but with just a touch of angst to add some interest in the mix, it was fast paced and very enjoyable. I think I may have liked it more than the first one, but certainly Celeste Br ...more
The Duke Next Door
3 Stars

Deidre Cantor has adored Calder Marbrook from afar for years and finally seizes the opportunity to marry him when her cousin Phoebe leaves him at the alter. But Calder has a secret that may just destroy his marriage before it has even begun...

Cute romance but could have done without the silly misunderstandings.

Deidre and Calder have a smoldering chemistry and their sex scenes are intense and erotic. Unfortunately, the problems begin when they open their mou
[close] The dangerously beautiful Deirdre Cantor is determined to inherit her grandfather's vast fortune. All she needs is to marry a duke...and be the first granddaughter to walk down the aisle. After all, she has always dreamed of becoming a member of the haute ton.

So when the proper Calder Marbrook, the Marquis of Brookhaven and future Duke of Brookmoor, is abandoned at the altar, Deirdre makes it her business to become his wife--in spite of the whispers about his past.

Soon Deirdre's vision
D.W. Nichols
Segundo de la trilogía las Herederas. Para mí, el mejor de los tres, gracias al personaje masculino. Ese Calder, tan cortado e inseguro, escondiéndose detrás de una personalidad déspota cuando en realidad, es la manera que tiene de disimular que no tiene ni puta idea de qué hacer con su mujer.
May 16, 2008 Sarai rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance lovers
Recommended to Sarai by: Katie(babs)
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stella yip
it's nice to see how the duke is being warmed up by his wife because he is such a cold person. oh well, you couldn't blame him, right? after all, his first wife is dead, fiancee had run away with his younger brother, it'll make anyone to become cold and distant from the others. he was so hurt from the woman that keep leaving him that he become more guarded with his heart. therefore, it's good that the heroine can break through his guard and can manage to love him as well. not many people can do ...more
I am a big Celeste Bradley fan so it pains me to give a middling review to one of her books, but what's a girl to do? This book seems like it was written by two people or by one writer who started it, put it in a drawer, and finished up 10 years later.

The first half of the book is largely boring and frequently repetitive. It also provides us with a wildly unappealing hero. Calder is boring, taciturn, dismissive, condescending, and downright mean. He is also verbally abusive to his young child a
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book after I saw that it had managed only about a 3.5 or so cumulative rating. Well, I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed reading it. It had humor, love, spice and sizzle and not too many annoying devices found in so many historical romances. I think this author is underappreciated and hope that she will one day be "discovered" by some of my friends here who enjoy this genre.
Deirdre Cantor and Calder Marbrook are sensual and exciting. The chase scene is well worth the read. I missed reading the first one in this series, and I keep putting it off because Calder is rejected in it. He was a man in need of someone to really love him. He is almost a "cave man" at times.
Mary Vilarino

The second book of "The Heiress Brides" was an excellent read. I kept wanting to know what challenges Deidre sent Calder's way. I was enchanted with how she let herself develop and be less afraid. I was especially charmed with Lady Margaret and her fighting spirit. This is a book to keep.
A delicious Regency read!! Engaging characters and an entertaining plot line. Nice amount of steam to keep the story popping!

I love a lively historical with all the pomp and circumstance! Really enjoyable read!

A fun series.
Great book, I can't wait to see Sophie get her HEA, and hopefully the Butler/Lady's Maid romance starts, and is good!
I like this book very much. Loved little Meggie, she was adorably hilarious.
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So, this old fart still has two granddaughters in the running for his vast fortune, if one of them manages to marry a duke, and there’s a duke’s heir still available. So the beautiful, sophisticated cousin who’s been raised by her truly awful stepmother—who is chaperoning all the cousins—goes to the heir and makes him a proposal he can’t refuse. He lost a wife years ago when she was running away from him and her carriage overturned. Now another fiancée would rather marry his bastard brother. The ...more
3. Eh, could have done without the lovelorn idiot. The H/h had enough on their plates breaking down mutual walls without his presence, even if it did provide a convenient excuse for the H to act all out of character, curse like a sailor and be heroic instead of the stick. On the other hand, if it weren't for the idiot, the H would never have doubted the h in the first place, etc.

And I still don't know what makes the H tick. He's all built up in self-superiority I guess. But why? No - really. Are
Limau Nipis
I am delighted to find this author when I am browsing for another pick on historical romance genres.

And what a wonderful find I had! This book is delightful, witty, charming and funny.

I love the instant chemistry and the constant bickering between the hero, Calder and the heroine, Deirdre. Deidre has been known to love Calder from the start, secretly hoping to marry him someday, after he was divorced, and blatantly proposed to Calder, who amazingly, accepted on the spot. It is funny on how Deidr
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Aubrey Brown
I found this book at a dollar store. Not a good sign to begin with. I read on the cover it was a best seller. I thought I would give it a shot for a buck. Now I wished I hadn't. There is zero chemistry between the main characters. The Heroin acts like a child, that leads me to believe she is a stalking maniac. The Hero is a jackass, there is no redeeming quality about him. He treats his brand-new bride just like a child, and it borders on incestuous. He threatens to take away her new dresses and ...more
Nunca me he considerado fanática de la novela romántica pero también es cierto que he decidido este año ampliar mis horizontes y bueno que este libro ha caído a mis manos y le di una oportunidad y la verdad es que no me arrepiento en lo mínimo.

La historia se centra en Deirdre y Calder, la primera necesita un prometido que sea duque para poder heredar la fortuna de su familia y si a eso le agregamos que ha estado enamorada de Calder desde que lo conoció hace varios años, no se le hizo difícil dec
Elis Madison
Sir Hamish Pickering died a couple generations ago, but not before making a ridiculous will. He somehow had scads of money (dumb must've paid well in those days), and his will settles twiddle on his female descendants and even less than twiddle on the males—unless…

The first female descendant who marries a duke, or marries a guy who eventually becomes a duke, inherits the whole bundle. And if anybody speaks of the terms of the will outside the family, the money goes to pay the fines of smugglers
Diah Didi
Actually, it had my favorite themes, marriage of convenience (not so sure I can call that since Dee was in love with Calder years before) and the s-a-m thing.
I do love Dee for her brave act (purposing, or offering herself to Calder). And I do love Calder, too. Di sini berasa rasa kesepiannya dia, terutama ketika dia membandingkan dirinya dengan Rafe, sodaranya, yang jauh lebih luwes. Belum lagi fakta bahwa orang2x melihatnya sebagai duke yang selalu ditinggal perempuan.
Istri pertamanya meningg
What the hell happened to Calder in this book? He seemed so put together and confident in the first book, but he is a weenie in this book that can't talk to Diedre without "accidentally" sounding like an a-hole, and he is entirely too distracted by womens breasts. So annoying. Diedre has apparently loved Calder since the age of 16, but after the wedding, you would never know it by the way they constantly fight. These two clearly belong in the "too stupid to live" category. Too much time was spen ...more
Cik Aini
This is the first book that I read from this author since my sister recommended this to me. I may not sing praises for this author when there's explosion of historical romance genre in the market but I applauded her effort. I'd been romantic novel sucker especially when I grew up reading Judith McNaught.

The story started off with Diedre, the ambitious woman set to marry the marquess when his marriage to her cousin is cancelled. I found the book such a light read but I don't realise when actually
I could tell that CB is a good writer, but this was not a great book. The main problem was the hero. He was wooden, dull and unlikeable. It seemed the heroine fell in love with him at sight as a teenager and then never grew out of her infatuation. She certainly wouldn't fall in love with him for any of his actions.

The best chemistry was between the heroine and the step-daughter. There were many laughs in the book, but they all felt forced rather than natural. (such as the adventures at the clima
Very entertaining and I enjoyed how both characters grew. Lady Maggie was a delight, I enjoyed every scene with her. Overall, I really like Ms. Bradley's writing style and how the book flowed. Will definitely read more of her books
I liked it better than 'Duke Most Wanted'. First, because I like the heroine better. She's stronger in character IMO and much more entertaining to me. I also liked her interactions with the Duke's employees and relatives. Second, the hero is a lot more interesting for me. Here's this rich duke who can't seem to keep his wife or his fiancee, what's the problem?!?

It didn't lived up to my expectation though. I didn't really see how (or why) they fell in love with each other. Their scenes together a
Celestita Giron
Es una novela tan atrapante, que te olvidas del tiempo te come entera. Cada capitulo te deja queriendo terminarlo. ¡Facinante! y la pequeña Lady Margaret es un amor :D
Carito Cárdenas guevara
todo el libro estuvo interesante pero no me llegaba a convencer, pero llegando al final todo se puso emocionante y muy bueno. .. me encantó meggy
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Heiress Brides (3 books)
  • Desperately Seeking a Duke (Heiress Brides, #1)
  • Duke Most Wanted (Heiress Brides, #3)
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